2021-07-15 01:34:56 UTC
Although I was raised Irish Catholic in Queens, NY, during the 1950s and 1960s, it didn't take long before I jettisoned the idea of supreme beings and organized religions. While I did catch some Hollywood religious epics, that soon ended and my only infrequent brushes with Catholicism was reading James Joyce or Graham Greene.
So I really don't have an explanation of how or why I came to see this film years ago (on VHS) with the possible reason being that I watched Jerry Schatzberg's Street Smart and was more impressed with Kathy Baker and Mimi Rogers than I was with the film.
The story concerns a woman who is a telephone operator by day and by night cruises with a male partner for anonymous and group sex. She ends her hobby and is raising a girl child when she beigns hearing about the Rapture at work. One thing leads to another and she ends up in the desert and one of the best endings in a religious-based film that I've seen. No matter what your beliefs – or lack thereof – this is one that shouldn't be missed.
Written and directed by Michael Tolkin. Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli and music by Thomas Newman. Starring Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Patrick Bauchau, and Will Paton, among others.